The multifaceted motorsports event features motoring, boating and flying group rallies from Miami to Key West, with participants making several stops along the route through the Florida Keys. Presented by the Florida Powerboat Club, it also provides opportunities for fans to watch the action, meet the poker run teams and check out their high-speed machines in the Keys.
Throughout the day Friday, May 15, “poker runners” are to travel from the Florida mainland throughout the Keys to Key West, with multiple stopover checkpoints planned.
Motorists can drive the scenic 113-mile Florida Keys Overseas Highway, crossing 42 bridges including one nearly 7 miles long, while powerboaters travel the Atlantic Ocean just off the curving island chain. Meanwhile, participating pilots can get breathtaking aerial views of the Keys and the marine life of the Atlantic, Florida Bay and Gulf of Mexico.
By 5 p.m. Friday, all participants should be in Key West for the Key West Poker Run Village parties and events. The village is to be set up at Conch Republic Seafood Co., 631 Greene St., and the surrounding Historic Seaport area.
Enthusiasts can visit the village from 5-10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday to mingle with participants and view displays of vehicles and vessels. The automobile lineup includes exotics, imports, American muscle and classic cars of all descriptions, while custom choppers and Harley Davidson touring motorcycles will add to the mix. Powerboats on display are to include the latest offshore V bottoms and catamarans from leading builders around the nation. Admission is free.
Other attractions include a Saturday night dinner and awards ceremony for poker run participants and a free day Sunday to explore Key West.
“Our event aims to promote the entire adventure of traveling through the scenic Florida Keys, and landing in Key West is like reaching the ‘pot of gold at the end of the rainbow,’” said poker run founder Stu Jones.
According to organizers, the event is to be filmed for an episode of “Powerboating in Paradise” slated to air on the Sun Sports television network in Florida.
Registration is $195 for a motorbike with one rider; $395 per car, coach or airplane; and $595 per boat or yacht.
Event information: www.flpowerboat.com